Second Round of ACM Awards Performers Announced; Della Mae Selected for State Department’s American Music Abroad; Album Releases
- Pam Tillis was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race last night. The full episode, called “Dragazines,” can be streamed here.
- Darrell Scott considers “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “To Live’s to Fly,” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” to be “perfect songs.”
- Here’s a feature on Echo Mountain, the Asheville, North Carolina recording studio that’s hosted T-Bone Burnett, Justin Townes Earle, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.
- The Library of Congress is preserving old recordings with the help of IRENE, a system that uses digital imaging to retrieve sound from historical recordings made on discs and cylinders that might otherwise be unplayable. IRENE allows damaged recordings – a disc broken into separate pieces, for example – to be reassembled digitally and for the sonic debris of pops, skips and distortions to be cleared away just as a technician might Photoshop a blemish from a photograph.
- Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more paid musical tribute to Woody Guthrie in Tulsa.
- Buddy Melton of Balsam Range was injured in a farm accident yesterday. While loading cattle, he was kicked in the face, breaking several bones. According to a post on the band’s website, Melton is stable and showing signs of improvement, but there are several surgeries on the horizon. The band will perform with a temporary replacement until he is well.
- Barry Mazor interviewed Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons and Buddy Miller (who produced the band’s new album, Leaving Eden) in this article about the Chocolate Drops for the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt: “You do justice to a worthy original,” Mr. Flemons says, “not by doing it exactly like it was done, but by making sure what you do is interesting in relation to it—no matter how far out you may go with it. I’ll get the heritage behind a song and sometimes I’ll have a connection in a literal sort of way; other times it’s more abstract—how would I want the tone to sound on that, or what singing style would fit with this particular style, and what instruments? Should it have a slightly Latin touch, the ‘Spanish tinge’? And it’s a string-band song, so then let’s put in horns. It’s alchemy.”
- Chris Young, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts have been added to the 2012 ACM Awards lineup of performers.
- Noam Pikelny likes Thundercats, Buck Owens, and pedal steel, according to this questionnaire.
- Here’s an article about “concert calamities,” like when artists trip and fall on their faces or their instruments fall apart mid-song. What concert calamities have you seen?
- Caine O’Rear of American Songwriter chats with Cody Canada.
- Here’s another American Songwriter Q&A, this one with The Little Willies. A Norah Jones quote about her favorite cover songs on the Willies’ new record: I love how “Fist City” and “Jolene” are two very different takes on the same kind of situation: “another woman stealing my man.” Dolly Parton’s begging her not to do it, and Loretta Lynn is telling her she is going to get her ass beat if she does.
- This week’s album releases:
Shooter Jennings – Family Man (Currently $3.99 on Amazon)
Lucero – Women & Work
Logan Mize – Nobody in Nashville
Sam Lewis – Sam Lewis
Infamous Stringdusters – Silver Sky
And a book: Don McLeese – Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere